A Bend In the Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner


Willowood, Kentucky 1965 – Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?


 Robin Lee has changed her stars. She had a horrible start on life. But, she changed everything about herself, including her name. She married a wonderful man and had a beautiful child. Then, her child developed leukemia. She must face her past and what she has done to save her little boy. 

I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I wanted to bail on it a few times. However, Robin Lee’s present and her past kept me reading.  The story itself keeps you interested enough to keep reading. It is the characters which are lacking. They are one dimensional and hard to relate to. I dislike Robin Lee’s husband. He is arrogant and judgemental, especially of her. The conversations are forced and labored. I know conversations are extremely hard to write and I may be being too harsh. This just really detracts from the story. I rolled my eyes in several places. 

A good read with a few problems. If you can get past that, you will enjoy this tale!

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.  

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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